Lancia Delta HF Integrale
Lancia presented their compact model, the Delta, in 1979. The company started thinking about a performance version after it was on the market for five years. Lancia was always big in rallying. After the banning of their Group B model S4, they wanted something that could work well on the street and on the track, so they produced the HF Integrale. The main features of this model were a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 185 HP, which later went up to 220 HP. It also had a permanent, well-balanced all-wheel-drive system.
The Delta HF Integrale is an important hot hatch because it was the first one with an all wheel drive (AWD) system. This marked the beginning of the transition from front wheel drive, simple hot hatches to the high-tech, all-wheel drive performance monsters of today. The combination of a powerful engine, sharp handling, great traction and low weight was intoxicating for magazine testers of the day. The Delta HF Integrale received nothing but praises. Over the years, Delta HF Integrale proved to be a successful concept on rally stages all over the world and among the hot hatch fans.
They stopped production in 1994 after almost 40,000 Integrales were made. If you want to be the owner of a rally legend now available in America, be prepared to pay over $30,000 for one in good shape. Bear in mind the quality of those highly-tuned cars was never their strong suit.